Bunion surgery both feet. Walking 2 weeks after unaided! When will the mobility come back??

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wow, my 2 week post op appointment (last friday) saw me leaving with normal supportive trainers on and no crutches. i was shocked and didnt expect this. i can walk, but not for long without pain. i am working on the mobility / physio exercises but it seems like such slow progress with my left being significantly worse.

How long did it take people to start walking normally?? i would say i have around 30% movement in my big toe and less in my left. still lots of swelling

i have been advised to keep my shoes on from the moment i wake up till the moment i go to bed. i can feel that altho walking is easier in shoes i am not putting full weight on the balls of my feet (left) because it is painful, i am really having to focus and force myself not to walk on the side of my foot.


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    Hi Samantha. Can i ask what kind of bunion surgery you had? Usually people start walking after 6 weeks. For me it was 4 months of laying in bed and no walking at all and 6 months later I still haven't gotten my full mobility back, and my physio says I probably never will... So for you to be walking so soon and going to physio i'm pretty sure you'll get your mobility back easier and faster!! the sooner you start the better. just keep doing your exercises and keep your feet elevated when swollen...get well soon!

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      scarf and akin osteotomy on both feel, so growth removed, bone broken straighten and pinned so its in line. i didnt need the extra pin/ staple past the joint to line the big toe. i asked if this would aid healing and have me moving faster after surgery but he said no, not really.

      i was told 6 weeks to be at point where i am doing most day to day tasks and back to normal but no exercise.

      your must have been much worse / detailed surgery to be off your feet for so long. wishing you luck with your recovery.

      im not actually seeing a physio, dr gave me exercises to be doing at home. i dont have another check up now for 6 months, unless i request one. again, seems like madness to me!

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    it will take quit awhile i had mine done 2 half years ago and Im still stiff in middle toe

    rub voltarin on it try keeping it up as much as possible .I KNOW ITS PAINFUL but try walking properly i was told no pain no gain

    so hang in there and good luck


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      oh no Shirley, two and half years, so there is a good chance it doesnt full come back. the surgeon did warn me that this might happen, i already started getting limited movement in my left foot before surgery, he said that it will be the arthritis and might not improve with the surgery.

      im still very hopefully, better get pushing through this pain barrier and walking properly.

      ill try the voltarin to, any other tips?


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    wow I live in NZ had surgery 5 weeks ago - I think you should phone and have a chat to nurse - we are all different i know but i had the latest up to date surgeon- both feet and both second n third toes also done- at 2 weeks stitches removed n new black flat shoes put on - told walk a little round house as i can dont over due it - now at 5 weeks can walk around house with no crutches still black shoes and use crutches when out as precaution - walked home yesterday about 1500 steps - feet great little niggly pain at times - black crust lifted off when in shower and now scar very faint- wiggled toes from start and circled feet- please phone and double check

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      one week, 11 days & 2 weeks.

      she did say when she took the crutches from me and put normal shoes on to just go home and potter around the house and dont do anything too much to start with.

      i am going to give them a call tomorrow just to check. i am from england, ive researched the NHS guidelines for the surgery i had (see above) which my recovery does fall inline with that. just seems much different to other countries. worried ill end up doing more harm than good!

      i went to watch my kids at swimming and gymnastics tonight, was way too much. my feet ended to swollen and throbbing, i had imprints from my socks! the lack of crutches has really given me a false sense of progression. i would feel much happier having them to rely on when they start hurting.

      thank you for your response & best wishes with your recovery

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    your feet look like mine did - maybe your bunions were smaller - all i can say is if they say stick to what they say is rest your feet heaps for nect two weeks or so and im sure you will be pleased with the improvement - im so good now i can not wait til 6 weeks next tuesday and be allowed normal shoes snd fully weight bear- mind i gave kept a dressing n mine as read it helps heal quicker - at 4 weeks all the scabs just pulled away - good luck - Idid walk from day one but only little bits and just kept improving

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